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Methodists Hit Crisis Point Over Gay Marriage

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (AP) — The dispute among United Methodists over recognition of same-sex couples has lapsed into a doctrinal donnybrook, pitting clergy who ...

Why I Officiated a Same-Sex Wedding

Rev. Gil Caldwell | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion
Rev. Gil Caldwell

My "Call" to ministry and my ordination as Deacon in 1956, compels me and frees me to be in complete and total ministry to all of God's people, regardless of who they are, what they have done, or whom they love.

Sunday School Taught Me That Jesus Was Straight... And Other Myths and Legends of Yore

Brett Webb-Mitchell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Brett Webb-Mitchell

There was never any discussion about the married status of these biblical people. It was simply assumed that they were all straight, just like my family: a mom and dad, children, grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Emory's Controversial, Not-So-Gay-Friendly, Award

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 11.23.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

Emory must decide: Are they comfortable with one of their schools honoring someone who has made life a whole lot harder for LGBT Methodists? Or are they the university that lives out the values of inclusion in which they take so much pride?

Lesbian Minister Sues Church After Being Dismissed For Marrying Wife

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 05.22.2013 | Gay Voices

A lesbian reverend in South Africa is filing a lawsuit after being dismissed by her church after tying the knot with her partner. As ioL News poin...

Bob Edgar: A Christian for the Common Good (1943-2013)

Morgan Guyton | Posted 06.25.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Bob believed in democracy, and he believed that Christians should fight for the common good. It was devastating to learn of his sudden death this week in a dark time when his prophetic vision has never been more sorely needed.

Do Christian Denominations Have a Future?

David Lose | Posted 08.22.2012 | Religion
David Lose

Despite my obvious denominational loyalty I'm not sure Christian denominations have a future -- or whether they even should. Here are five reasons that I not only suspect the day of denominations has passed.

My Top Ten List of 2012 Predictions on Sexuality, Religion, and Public Life

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 03.07.2012 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

I think it's safe to predict that sexuality, religion, and public life will continue to dominate the headlines during 2012.

When the Vows Break: Clinton Marriage and Legal Matters of Faith

Steve Lake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Steve Lake

It's best for inter-faith couples to settle on how they plan to handle a child's religious education and how holidays and religious traditions will be celebrated before they say, "I do."

Is A Jewish Wedding Ahead For Chelsea Clinton?

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

NEW YORK — Her mother is a churchgoing Methodist. Her father is a Southern Baptist. Yet could Chelsea Clinton be planning one of the biggest Jew...

Phoenix Church Faces Rebuke For Feeding Needy

AP | AMANDA LEE MYERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

PHOENIX — On Saturday mornings, crowds of homeless gather with other needy people at picnic tables outside a church in an upscale Phoenix neighb...

Elizabeth Warren and Goliath

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jim Wallis

As Elizabeth Warren, a good Methodist, warns: The banks are trying everything they can think of to kill financial reform. And we must not let them do that.

Being Still in St. Patrick's Cathedral

Carol Hoenig | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Hoenig

Why does religion rely so desperately on the fear factor? Why does it have to use threats of eternal damnation instead of showing real joy?